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June 03, 2011

Kandel, Germany

Unspectacular, hardworking and quiet, Kandel, in the Rhineland-Palatinate's Germersheim district, is just northwest of Karlsruhe and about 10 miles north of the French border, and in the Black Forest. About 7000 people. Established light manufacturing firms (mainly electronics), shops for the locals, one main drag built for small cars and bicycles, and wonderfully un-touristed. Last time I was there (3 years ago): no Starbucks, no English-speaking news, no CNN. Some locals heard English speakers as maybe Brits, maybe Canadians, maybe Americans. Authentic. Uncontaminated.

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Posted by JD Hull at June 3, 2011 11:59 PM

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